This is the most popular of all chicken breast recipes that I’ve ever published. It’s a JUICY Oven Baked Chicken Breast sprinkled with a magic simple seasoning then baked until caramelized. It’s simple, fast and incredibly tasty!
A JUICY Baked Chicken Breast!
Though I always stand firm that brown meat is better than white – more flavor, more juiciness – lean chicken breast is a regular in my shopping trolley, week after week.
“We can never have too many really great quick chicken breast recipes!”
As simple as it sounds, if you whack a seasoned breast in the oven without thought, the chances are you’ll be chewing your way through dry chicken, furiously squirting over copious amounts of ketchup to try to salvage it.
It doesn’t need to be that way. Enter – a fabulous simple, magic chicken seasoning for baked chicken breast:
The Chicken Breast Seasoning
Made with just brown sugar, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, the secret ingredient in this is brown sugar:
Makes more seasoning, so you can coat the breast thoroughly and give it a beautiful crust without overpowering it with lots of spices that need longer to cook than chicken breast does; and
Makes it juicy – – the chicken sweat while it bakes, so you end up with wetness that makes the chicken juicier than the usual baked chicken breast.
Yes, it adds sweetness but don’t worry, this baked chicken breast is still savory!
A medium chicken breast will take 18 – 20 minutes to bake at 220C / 425F. Cooking it hard and fast at a high temperature is the secret to gorgeous caramelization and ultra-juicy chicken inside. No dried-out breast around here!!
The seasoning for this chicken is actually a really great indicator for when the chicken is cooked to perfection. Basically, once the surface of the chicken is caramelized, it’s cooked to perfection inside so get it out of the oven!
My last tip for a truly great Baked Chicken Breast is to pound it to even thickness, either with a rolling pin, meat mallet or even with your fist (very therapeutic). This has the double effect of even cooking as well as tenderizing the meat.
“The secret behind this baked chicken is the simple, magic seasoning”